German Chancellor Angela Merkel, along with the mayors of 11 cities, on Friday agreed on a package of measures to stem the hike coronavirus infections.
Cities will now be able to ask the country’s health department to send military personnel to support it if the infection rate exceeds 35 per 100,000 in a week.
There is also an 11pm curfew for bars and restaurants across Germany until the end of October.
Hospitals nationwide have warned that there could be a staff shortage due to staff illnesses due to COVID-19[feminine[feminine.
The country, which has been widely praised for its response to the coronavirus, is now experiencing its biggest rise in infections since April.
Germany has also been added to its Swiss neighbor’s quarantine list in recent days, as the infection rate increases.
Suisse also added Austria and Italy to its list of places from which travelers will need to isolate themselves for 10 days.
However, there are very few internal restrictions in Switzerland, and instead, citizens are reminded of the importance of social distancing and good hygiene. The country wants to avoid telling people to stay home again, despite the increase in infections.
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Friday, France reported more than 20,000 daily cases of coronavirus – a record for the country.
The positivity rate for the tests was over 10% and 124 new hotspots were discovered across the country, or more than 1,300 places in France are now monitored.
Elsewhere in Europe, the leaders Spain declared a state of emergency in Madrid for 15 days amid an increase in infections in the Spanish capital.
Madrid has been effectively isolated from the rest of the country, with police patrolling the streets in an attempt to keep people at home in the city – a move that sparked protests and anger.
The country has more than 860,000 confirmed cases – the highest in Europe.